Music from Cantor Barry Reich for students to study, and for congregants to enjoy!
Freedom Calls was originally written as an instrumental for my trio. I always called it Freedom Calls. When I added the lyrics for my Pesach cd (Freedom Calls) I had my daughter Rona (then 12) read the Bracha at the beginning and my daughter Bonnie (then 7) read the English at the end. My lifelong friend and playing partner Scott Singer z"l played the keyboard on this cut. He also was the engineer for the entire cd. Scott passed away October 28, 2009. He was 48 years old.
This song Pesach In The Ghetto came to me after I heard Reb Shlomo tell a story about a Pesach seder.
Shlomo's Pesach seder story was about a child sitting with parents asking the four questions while hiding in a Warsaw ghetto cellar from Nazi persecution,
A child sitting in the Warsaw ghetto asking G-D the deepest question in the world
Asking will I be alive next Pesach to ask Ma Nishtana Halaila Hazeh.... Will any Jew be alive.....
Heaven was silent.
Reb Shlomo was really telling two different stories.
One story from degradation to redemption. The other story from degradation to genocide.
Reb Shlomo Carlebach, himself a survivor of the Holocaust,was once asked how he survived? He said, "The greatest thing in the world is to do a good deed. Can you imagine how many good deeds you could do in the Warsaw Ghetto?" I hope we can all learn from his words as we try to do good for others in days to come.
Eili, Eili, by Chana Szenesh
Eili she-lo yi-ga-mer l-'o-lam
Rish-rush shel ha-ma-yim